Flex Your Body and Relax Your Mind With Yoga Meditation

Before I began practicing yoga meditation, I was daunted by the whole concept. After all, the austerity and sacrifice that was required (or so I believed) just wasn’t part of my makeup. But after I looked more closely at what practicing yoga really involved and, more importantly, what benefits it would bring to my mental and physical well being, I was overjoyed to discover that I could start from wherever I was at that moment and just move myself forward day by day. No matter what a person’s age, level of fitness or mental discipline happens to be, there is a yoga meditation that’s just right for them. An article appeared in The Press and Journal recently that I think summarizes this idea very well.

 Flex Your Body and Relax Your Mind With Yoga Meditation

If you haven’t performed a “downward dog” or a “sun salutation”, then you’re in a minority, because yoga is booming in popularity as a way to exercise and de-stress.

Yoga, which originated in India, is a 5,000-year-old system of postures, breathing and meditation which has many forms.

A recent survey by Yoga Magazine estimated that there are more than 10,000 yoga teachers in the UK, and it’s estimated that there are 30million people practising yoga worldwide.

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Yoga meditation using the downward dog pose stretches the body and relaxes the mind. Photo by Roi Brooks c/o Photos.Com.

But its benefits go beyond flexibility or wellbeing, according to health and beauty writer Josephine Fairley, whose new book, Yoga For Life, aims to show the benefits of the system to those aged over 40.

“Yoga is wonderful in so many ways,” says Fairley, who has practised it since she was 12 years old.

“It can improve strength, flexibility and balance, it helps bone density and may boost the uptake of nutrients,” she says.

A study for the University of California’s School of Medicine reported that 21 people aged 60 or over who had rounded backs, a so-called dowager’s hump, reduced their curvatures by 6%, increased their walking by 8% and improved their balance following yoga sessions once a week for 12 weeks.

Read the entire article at pressandjournal.co.uk:

Whether you’ve not yet begun yoga meditation or are well on your way and are dedicated to yoga daily, there is a place for everyone. No matter what your goals are, there is a style of yoga for everyone.The only barrier to getting started is in your mind, so change it! If you’re experiencing doubts about starting, why not try it and let the results convince you?

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